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Sustainable Agriculture Research and Innovation Club (SARIC)

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 29 June 2015 – 10 February 2016

BBSRC, NERC and ESRC invite proposals for both research and research translation projects to the second call of the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club. Approximately £5M of funding is available for this call, divided between:

  • research grants (£3.5M)
  • research translation grants (£1.5M)

Guidance about the process for submitting outline research applications and research translation applications are described in the call text.


Researchers may apply for two different funding streams which will support research grants and innovation grants respectively. Both funding streams will operate concurrently:

  • Research proposals which will provide new data and knowledge (research grants – see annex 1 of the call text for specific guidelines)
  • Research translation proposals which will support innovative approaches to translating existing research data and knowledge into new tools, technologies and other outcomes that create tangible economic or societal benefits (innovation grants – see annex 2 of the call text for specific guidelines)
  1. Applications must fit with the second key challenge of SARIC (predictive capabilities for sustainable agriculture), as described in the call text
  2. Applications must fall at the interface or within the remit of BBSRC, NERC and ESRC
  3. It is likely that the aims of this Club can best be achieved by an interdisciplinary approach. Therefore, we particularly encourage collaborative applications which bring together groups with relevant expertise or experience to move research closer
  4. Research projects are typically 3-4 years in duration, but projects up to 5 years will be considered. Research translation projects will typically be 1-2 years in duration, but projects up to 3 years will be considered


A workshop for both calls was held on 1 July 2015 at the Mariott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London. The workshop was an opportunity for applicants to:

  • understand the SARIC research challenges and assessment process
  • meet other potential applicants and form new collaborations
  • discuss proposals with representatives from the SARIC steering group, the Club's company members and the Research Councils


Standard RCUK eligibility rules for BBSRC, NERC and ESRC apply to this call.

How to apply

This call is closed to applications.

Full guidance can be found in the call text. Please note that the research translation call is a single stage process, whereas the research call has two stages.

Related calls: agriculture collaboration data industry innovation knowledge exchange multidisciplinary